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Achilles Tendon Claim: How to calculate the amount of compensation you can claim for an Achilles tendon ankle injury in the UK
Achilles tendon claim: Find out what the Achilles tendon is, how your solicitor determines the amount of compensation to claim for pain and suffering and financial losses, with examples of how much compensation the courts award for Achilles tendon claims and free online assessment and call back from a specialist personal injury solicitor.
What is an Achilles tendon claim?
The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle in the lower leg to the heal bone – it passes at the back of your ankle. If this tendon is strained or ripped it can cause immense pain.
Should you suffer an injury to your ankle as a result of the legal fault, or negligence, of another you could be entitled to make an Achilles tendon claim. In other words - you could be entitled to claim compensation for pain and suffering for your Achilles tendon ankle injury and for financial losses (such as lost income, medical expenses, etc.).
How does a solicitor calculate the amount of compensation your Achilles tendon claim is worth?
There are two main types of compensation for any personal injury claim: the pain and suffering for the injury itself (here the pain and suffering for your Achilles tendon injury) and the financial losses as a direct result of your injury (this might include lost income, medical expenses, travel costs, etc.).
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Pain and suffering for an Achilles tendon claim must be described by an independent medical expert in a report written for the court. Your solicitor will instruct such a medical expert, who will view your GP and hospital notes; examine you and provide a formal description of the actual Achilles injury you have suffered; the symptoms you have experienced up to the time of the report and provide a prognosis as to your future recovery, symptoms and disability.
Based upon this report your solicitor can compare similar Achilles tendon injuries to those determined by the courts in previous personal injury claims and so decide how much your pain and suffering claim is worth.
Financial losses depend on the individual – using lost income as an example: if you had a job which paid £2,000 nett a month and you were off work for 3 months you could claim £6,000 whereas if another accident victim earned £1,000 nett a month and was off work also for 3 months the claim would be only £3,000.
Examples of compensation amounts for different Achilles tendon claims
Below are some examples of how much compensation you can claim for varying levels of Achilles tendon claims in 2013:
1. Minor Achilles tendon claim
Should you turn or sprain your ankle leading to instability in the ankle and a feeling of being unsure with your footing – the amount of compensation you could recover for your Achilles tendon claim is likely to be between: £4,800 - £6,600
2. More serious Achilles tendon claims
Some accidents can cause the tendon to divide, but such an injury can be repaired in an operation. If the operation corrects the Achilles tendon injury leaving very limited effect on the movement in your ankle the average compensation payouts range between: £6,600 – £12,000
3. Serious Achilles tendon claims
The most serious of Achilles tendon injuries vary from a complete division of the tendon with significant weakness in the ankle despite surgical intervention, causing a limp and scarring. Alternatively you might suffeer a complete severance of the tendon from the calf muscle in your leg causing cramp, limited ankle movement, swelling and inevitable inability to participate in certain sports. The amount your Achilles tendon claim would be worth in such cases is between: £12,000 - £25,000
Free online valuation of your Achilles tendon claim by a specialist solicitor
You will have no doubt established from this page that each Achilles tendon claim is different so the amount of compensation each claim is worth will vary widely.
If you would like to ask me an online question about your Achilles tendon claim or arrange a free call back from me in person to discuss click Achilles tendon claim